CS459/CS559X: Science of Cyber Security

Spring 2018

Course Information

Class Time and Place:

Jan. 16 - May 07, Monday and Wednesday 06:15 PM - 07:40 PM, S2-337


Guanhua Yan
Office: Q11, Engineering Building
Email: ghyan (AT) binghamton.edu
Office hours: Monday 3-4PM

Teaching Assistant:

No TA is assigned for this course.

Course Objective

This course is aimed at building a scientific foundation for cybersecurity. Topics covered in this course include:

Text Books

None required. Relevant papers or articles will be listed for students who want to acquire in-depth knowledge beyond course slides.

Course Software:

C/C++, Java, Python, etc.


Course slides will be posted in the myCourses system immediately after each lecture.


All assignments, which will be posted on the myCourses system, should be done individually. No assignment will be accepted after 48 hours from the deadline. Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day.


Final grade will be calculated over the entire class. The TA will grade assignments and the programming projects. If you have questions about the grading of assignments and the programming projects, please first contact the TA. This is used to ensure consistent grading. If the issue has not been resolved by the TA, then talk to the instructor, preferably during office hours. Questions regarding the projects, exams, and final grades should be addressed to the instructor.

Academic Honesty:

All students should follow Student Academic Honesty Code. (if you have not already read it, please read it carefully). All forms of cheating will be treated with utmost seriousness. You may discuss the problems with other students, however, you must write your OWN codes and solutions. Discussing solutions to the problem is NOT acceptable. If you have any questions about whether an act of collaboration may be treated as academic dishonesty, please consult the instructor before you collaborate.

Students with Special Needs:

If you have a physical, psychological, or learning disability that may impact on your ability to carry out assigned course work, please contact the staff in the DSS. DSS will review your concerns and determine, with you, what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation of disability is confidential.